Emily Davison  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Emily Davison (1872June 8 1913), was suffragette and feminist activist. She joined the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1906, and immediately involved herself in their more militant activities. She was arrested and imprisoned for various offenses, including a violent attack on a man she mistook for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. She went on hunger strike and was force-fed in prison, where she threw herself down an iron staircase as a protest. She landed on wire netting 30 feet below, which saved her, however she suffered some severe spinal damage. On June 4 1913 she ran out in front of the king's horse, was trampled and died a few days later.

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